To Boston Red Sox fans still adjusting to life without Mookie Betts: This may be a tough watch.
The superstar outfielder officially joined the Los Angeles Dodgers one week ago along with pitcher David Price in a blockbuster trade.
Betts was quiet on social media las week (aside from a few Instagram comments) but finally broke his silence Monday morning, posting a 60-second video to Twitter and Instagram thanking Red Sox fans while looking ahead to his Dodgers tenure.
Boston, thank you for an amazing 9 years.— Mookie Betts (@mookiebetts) February 17, 2020
Los Angeles, it’s showtime! pic.twitter.com/A6W5PAdqU3
"Nine years. Man, you were great to me, Boston," Betts says in the video, which begins with highlights of his time with the Red Sox.
"The way you welcomed me in like family. The bonds that will last a lifetime and the banner that will hang forever. My family and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
The 27-year-old then looked ahead to his Dodgers tenure by putting Boston's multiple championships as a city alongside Los Angeles'.
"Over the years, I've realized we're all part of something bigger than one person or one city," Betts added. "Though the jersey will change, the mindset will not. From one Titletown to another: Los Angeles, it's showtime."
You could argue Betts is stoking the Boston-L.A. rivalry here by going from "one Titletown to another." But it's hard to see any Red Sox fans taking issue with Betts, who was one of Boston's most well-liked players during his six-year major league tenure.
The former American League MVP is a free agent following the 2020 season, and Boston fans surely would welcome him back with open arms. It sounds like he's fully committed to the Dodgers at the moment, though, leaving locals to come to grips with life without Mookie.